33 Antiquities Stolen From Afghanistan, Returned By US
Kabul: At a repatriation ceremony in New York, the Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. handed over 33 looted antiquities, valued at roughly $1.8 million, to Afghan officials on Tuesday.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The objects have been linked to Subhash Kapoor, from whom US authorities have recovered more than 2,500 relics from all over the world at a total estimated value of $143 million. The ceremony was attended by Afghan ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, as well as acting special agent in charge Eric Silverman of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“The preservation of ’s_heritage and history is paving the path for civilization and society to grow,” Rahmani said, calling the recovered pieces “irreplaceable pieces of ’s_diverse culture and rich history”.
“Crimes of culture involving looted and stolen religious relics, like the two dozen being repatriated to the people of Afghanistan, not only tear at the societal fabric of nations, but also deprive millions of believers worldwide of the earlier sacred symbols of their faith,” Vance said in a statement.
He added that since last August, his team has repatriated 338 stolen objects to seven countries.